Blacklisted iPhone 5 Help...

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Blacklisted iPhone 5 Help...

So I bought a iPhone 5 off of craigslist two days ago, and that was my first time ever buying from somewhere other than apple 

 

When I tried activating it, it turns out it is blacklisted which now leaves me out $600

 

Is there anyway at all AT&T will be able to take this phone off the blacklist, I have proof I bought it from someone off of craigslist, I did not know the phone was stolen if I did that would be a class B misdemeanor and I don't want to get in any trouble. But I am not ready to do the police report just yet they will only take the phone and most likely not capture the guy and get me my money back

 

Im wondering what the blacklist policy is, if the person that filed the IMEI number stolen doesn't claim the phone in 30 days will I be able to keep it? Could AT&T just work with me and take it off if I speak to a supervisor and show them proof I did purchase this phone without knowing it was stolen.

 

Please help

 

Thanks

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mrsolis014 wrote:

Well since you are a cop you should know that the odds of the investigator catching the guy and getting my money back are slim to none, 

 

But i will file the police report in a couple days

 

thanks for the info guys


Not necessarily. Especially with internet they can track the person who sold you this phone using his IP address if the investigator knows what he's doing and is not lazy. If you are in a larger city, than good luck because they have bigger crimes to solve. The person who sold you the phone could be just like you and bought it off someone else. Who knows? My point is that I know that if it were my iphone that was stolen I would want it back!
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This Phone If you attempt to unlock it would be denied and you could be reported to the authorize. The iphone can also be tracked for recovery, fail to do the right thing I think you deserve the money you are out along with any repercussions.

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Well this is a life lesson for you. Unfortunately you learned the hard way. Next time you buy a phone, from Craigslist or from someone you don't know, meet them at an At&t store,or whoever is your wireless provider, and have them activate the phone right then and there.
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mrsolis014 wrote:

So I bought a iPhone 5 off of craigslist two days ago, and that was my first time ever buying from somewhere other than apple 

 

When I tried activating it, it turns out it is blacklisted which now leaves me out $600

 

Is there anyway at all AT&T will be able to take this phone off the blacklist, I have proof I bought it from someone off of craigslist, I did not know the phone was stolen if I did that would be a class B misdemeanors and I don't want to get in any trouble. But I am not ready to do the police report just yet they will only take the phone and most likely not capture the guy and get me my money back

 

Im wondering what the blacklist policy is, if the person that filed the IMEI number stolen doesn't claim the phone in 30 days will I be able to keep it? Could AT&T just work with me and take it off if I speak to a supervisor and show them proof I did purchase this phone without knowing it was stolen.

 

Please help

 

Thanks


OK, after reading all the posts, you have to turn it into the local law enforcement in your area. Retired law enforcement officer here and no matter what anybody else says here, you gotta turn it in. It's stolen property in your possession which is a misdemeanor. Turn it in with all the information from the person you bought it from and cross your fingers. They might be able to turn this thief and get your money back cuz you're now a victim as well.

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mrsolis014 wrote:

So I bought a iPhone 5 off of craigslist two days ago, and that was my first time ever buying from somewhere other than apple 

 

When I tried activating it, it turns out it is blacklisted which now leaves me out $600

 

Is there anyway at all AT&T will be able to take this phone off the blacklist, I have proof I bought it from someone off of craigslist, I did not know the phone was stolen if I did that would be a class B misdemeanors and I don't want to get in any trouble. But I am not ready to do the police report just yet they will only take the phone and most likely not capture the guy and get me my money back

 

Im wondering what the blacklist policy is, if the person that filed the IMEI number stolen doesn't claim the phone in 30 days will I be able to keep it? Could AT&T just work with me and take it off if I speak to a supervisor and show them proof I did purchase this phone without knowing it was stolen.

 

Please help

 

Thanks


OK, after reading all the posts, you have to turn it into the local law enforcement in your area. Retired law enforcement officer here and no matter what anybody else says here, you gotta turn it in. It's stolen property in your possession which is a misdemeanor. Turn it in with all the information from the person you bought it from and cross your fingers. They might be able to turn this thief and get your money back cuz you're now a victim as well.


Just curious--what happens if they are unable to locate the rightful owner or the owner does not come forward to claim the phone after a certain amount of time has elapsed?  Do the police then allow the person who turned in the phone to be able to claim it as his own...or as I suspect would be the case, they would simply auction it off like they do with many goods taken from folks involved on the wrong end of criminal proceedings?  I mean, that is definitely a possibility...after all, not all stolen property are successfully reunited with their rightful owners.

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jane697 wrote:

ghostryder wrote:

mrsolis014 wrote:

So I bought a iPhone 5 off of craigslist two days ago, and that was my first time ever buying from somewhere other than apple 

 

When I tried activating it, it turns out it is blacklisted which now leaves me out $600

 

Is there anyway at all AT&T will be able to take this phone off the blacklist, I have proof I bought it from someone off of craigslist, I did not know the phone was stolen if I did that would be a class B misdemeanors and I don't want to get in any trouble. But I am not ready to do the police report just yet they will only take the phone and most likely not capture the guy and get me my money back

 

Im wondering what the blacklist policy is, if the person that filed the IMEI number stolen doesn't claim the phone in 30 days will I be able to keep it? Could AT&T just work with me and take it off if I speak to a supervisor and show them proof I did purchase this phone without knowing it was stolen.

 

Please help

 

Thanks


OK, after reading all the posts, you have to turn it into the local law enforcement in your area. Retired law enforcement officer here and no matter what anybody else says here, you gotta turn it in. It's stolen property in your possession which is a misdemeanor. Turn it in with all the information from the person you bought it from and cross your fingers. They might be able to turn this thief and get your money back cuz you're now a victim as well.


Just curious--what happens if they are unable to locate the rightful owner or the owner does not come forward to claim the phone after a certain amount of time has elapsed?  Do the police then allow the person who turned in the phone to be able to claim it as his own...or as I suspect would be the case, they would simply auction it off like they do with many goods taken from folks involved on the wrong end of criminal proceedings?  I mean, that is definitely a possibility...after all, not all stolen property are successfully reunited with their rightful owners.


It depends on what your local authorities do........  If the phone comes back to you, get a release from the police and see if ATT will act on that but there is no guarantees....

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so what if my boyfriend shut off my phone he got me a few weeks ago cause hes a psycho..so i went to straight talk and paid to have it unlocked and two days later its shut off and straight talk said it was blacklisted? UGH is that stolen?

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Doesn't sound like the phone was ever in your name.  Your boyfriend evidently kept it in his name, which means he could blacklist it.  You're well rid of the psycho, right?

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